'World War Z' and it's revolving door of writers
It had been reported that Damon Lindelof was brought in to rewrite a new ending to Paramount’s problem plagued Word War Z, which seems to be still helmed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt-who is also producing the zombie saga based on Max Brook’s book.
Now it’s been revealed that Drew Goddard (Lost, Cabin in the Woods, Buffy and Angel) did the chunk of the actual writing. It seems while Lindelof gave the film a supposedly better ending, he had little time to actually write it out, thus Goddard (who is also adapting Robopocalypse for director Steven Spielberg) was brought in to do the lions work of it. But now both the writers are off the project and some word has broken –according to Deadline- that Paramount might bring in another writer to take a crack at Lidelof’s idea, in which Goddard wrote about. The Hollywood website added they’re hearing Christopher McQuarrie may end up doing it, if they don’t go with this last attempt.
Like Lidelof and Goddard, McQuarrie is hot as well, after scoring the screenplay for Tom Cruises forthcoming Jack Reacher, he’s been brought in to help punch up Cruises next film, All You Need Is Kill. Deadline reports that while no “official” date has been set for the reshoots –September/October are still likely, as reported earlier- they do confirm that director Marc Forster will be helming them.
The real question at this juncture is whether all these behind-the-scenes issue will affect the film in any negative way when it finally hits theaters next May. While many film goers pay little attention to the drama of production, the many reports that have come out on various movie sites can sometimes influence them in a small percentage. And historically its not all that uncommon for films to go through various writers, but films that do go through this many (which includes Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski, who did earlier versions) do have the tendency to be more disjointed and less cohesive. But then again, the characterization is not paramount in such spectacle movies such as these.